How To Turn Your Diary Into a College Essay

How To Turn Your Diary Into a College Essay

Every college admissions officer has to read hundreds — sometimes even thousands — of prospective student essays each year. The real question every applicant finds…

How to Write the Cliché Essay in a Non-Cliché Way

How to Write the Cliché Essay in a Non-Cliché Way

Grandparents. Your service trip to a third-world country. An aspect of your cultural background. These are all very, very cliché college essay topics, and there are…

TP’s Guide to Getting Ahead on Your College Essays

TP’s Guide to Getting Ahead on Your College Essays

Hello, college seniors! (Don’t worry, even if you’re not a college senior, you can still read this article). I hope your summer has been going…

A Burning House and 1,000 Monkeys: How to Start the College Essay

A Burning House and 1,000 Monkeys: How to Start the College Essay

Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have several seniors blogging about ups, downs,…

Sign Up for TP’s College Essay Writing Class!

Sign Up for TP’s College Essay Writing Class!

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately in our Facebook inbox, email inbox, and Tumblr ask box requesting that we have another essay editing…

Op-Ed: Should We Write or Type Standardized Tests?

Op-Ed: Should We Write or Type Standardized Tests?

I’m just going to put my proposal out right away: Students composing handwritten essays (especially during the SAT) should be given the option to type…

The College Essay Contradiction

The College Essay Contradiction

When I would help out my friends with their college application essays, one of the most crucial pieces of advice I would always give them…

The 10 Biggest College Essay Mistakes

The 10 Biggest College Essay Mistakes

Everyone knows the value of an awesome college essay. If your GPA and SAT scores are the backbone of your application, your essays are the…

Having an Existential Crisis While Writing College Essays

Having an Existential Crisis While Writing College Essays

Feeling alone as you swim through the terrifying waters known as the college admission process? Have no fear! We have five seniors blogging about ups,…

The Brain Dump: How to Start Writing Your College Essay

The Brain Dump: How to Start Writing Your College Essay

Notice how I didn’t say “the” essay, but “your” essay. This was quite purposeful, because writing a college application essay is all about you. The…

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